Born Tripoli, Lebanon, 1962. Lives Manama, Bahrain
Inkjet print on rag paper
Museum no. E.671-2011
Using photography, photomontage, collage, painting and print, Camille Zakharia makes work about identity and displacement, reflecting his own life journey and his interest as a trained engineer in architecture and the urban landscape.
In this work Zakharia digitally manipulates his source material until it is nearly illegible. He creates an abstract geometric form that is reminiscent of the patterns on Islamic tiles. The shape was made by repeating and rotating a photograph of a line of paint on asphalt. He explains, 'Through the use of montage, I have rebelled against the photo medium itself, challenging its reputation to represent reality as it is. I have liberated myself from the traditional photo process.'